OUR CENTENNIAL YEAR
October 25, 1915 -- October 15, 2015
All are invited to share with the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Parish this wonderful milestone of a one hundredth year as a people of God serving the communities of Plum and Penn Hills. We particularly invite former parishioners who keep up on parish activities from miles away. God has indeed blessed us. As the parish leadership looks to the future, it also uses this year as a springboard to a future of evangelization that is of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in many ways.
Our next Centennial events are listed below. For complete information on these events, click here.
DECEMBER/JANUARY CENTENNIAL EVENTS
Sunday, December 7
Juan Ibarra provides an understanding to the rich culture of the Hispanic/Latino
community and its celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Friday, December 12
Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at St. Paul Cathedral.
Saturday, December 13
Roast Beef Dinner sponsored by Youth Ministry.
The Music Ministry of St. John’s displays its versatility with an
evening of Advent and Christmas carols and hymns.
Sunday, January 18
Fr. Gene Lauer to speak at St. John’s on “Sacramentality in the Modern World”
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY MASS, SACRAMENT AND OFFICE SCHEDULESPlease share this information with family and friends who may be in the area, or may need to meet the demands of their schedules, click here.
EVENINGS WITH YOUNG ADULTS AND
AFTERNOONS WITH YOUNG COUPLES WITH LITTLE ONESThese are opportunities for the young adults of the Church to express their needs concerning their relationship or lack of relationship with the Church, their faith, and even with God. Read More...
“FILL A TRUCK” THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVEEvery aspect of St. John’s Parish is involved in this enormously successful Thanksgiving Food Drive which supports the Penn Hills Service Association and the Plum Food Bank. Both these local organization service the many needs of the needy throughout our communities. Food will be collected through Thanksgiving Day.
ADVENT CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
There are too many activities for them to be listed here at this time. So to see the full schedule of events, click here.
PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN -
CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
St. John’s is among the leaders among diocesan parishes in assuring that any adult in contact with children when at the parish has received his or her state clearance AND has attended the Protecting God’s Children Workshop. We’re proud of this as it shows parents and adults are concerned for the safety of our children. Two immediate concerns now confront us:
1) The assurance of individuals receiving their five-year update;
2) New parents of children in our school, preschool, CCD program, and our Youth Ministry Program are fulfilling these obligations. The same is true of adults wishing to become involved in any ministry at St. John’s.
Those needing updated, or those for whom this is the first time, should contact Bonnie Welsh at the parish office (412-793-4511) during office hours Wednesday through Friday.
CHILDREN OR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
In the past year we’ve celebrated the sacrament of Eucharist with two non-verbal children with learning disabilities. Emma lives with many disabilities and difficulties, including the inability to swallow. Tommy is an active nine-year-old who lives with autism. Both know the Lord and respond in their own ways to Jesus. So when they came to celebrate this most special sacrament they told us how special it is. Their eyes lit up and their smiles were enormous.
Parents with a child living with physical or learning disabilities are invited to contact Fr. Tom at the parish office, or Mrs. Jane Nayyar in the Religious Education Office (412-795-6753).